The University of Salford will teach 39 media courses from its new site in MediaCityUK, the new headquarters for the BBC in the North.

The undergraduate and postgraduate programmes planned for the new campus will start from the next academic year. According to a statement from the university, more than 1,500 students will be taught at the courses at MediaCityUK when they begin in 2011.

The courses moving include a number of journalism degrees as well more specialist digital media training programmes. The undergraduate BA Hons courses in Journalism, Journalism and Broadcasting and TV and Radio will move to the new teaching base, as well as the postgraduate degrees in Journalism, Social Media and Documentary Production.

Four new courses will be launched by the university as part of the switch, including a new MSc in Media Management and and MA in Digital Performance.

The university hopes the new teaching facilities at Salford Quays, which include HD TV Studios, will benefit from its proximity to BBC North and production companies based at MediaCityUK.

"If you want a career in the media, you want to be as close as possible to the professionals, so that you can see their work and they can see yours. Salford, from next year, will be a superb opportunity to do just that," says Alex Connock, University of Salford visiting professor and chief executive of Ten Alps PLC, in a release.

The BBC's site at MediaCityUK will be home to between 2,300 and 2,500 staff. Last month the BBC confirmed plans to move more of its existing programming to MediaCityUK, including flagship breakfast programme BBC Breakfast.

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